Gov. Tim Kaine Visits Governor’s Technical Academy at the Arlington Career Center
January 28, 2009
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and representatives from the National Governors Association (NGA) toured the Arlington Career Center on January 27. The Career Center is home to one of the six academies funded by the Governor with a grant from the NGA. The Governor’s Career and Technical Academies were established to integrate career training with rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula.
Also visiting the Career Center were representatives from six other states including, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, which like Virginia received $500,000 grants through the NGA to establish STEM education centers.
The Academy represents a joint partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Arlington Public Schools (APS). The integrative STEM curricula are offered in a context that permits students to be enrolled in college while still in high school. In subsequent years, the plan is for students to be able to earn a college credential within a year of graduating from high school.
The Career Center visit coincided with the second annual meeting in Washington, D.C., of NGA state representatives for the STEM initiative, which is designed to foster student and teacher training in skills and problem-solving to make the nation’s future work force more competitive in a global economy.
While at the Governor’s Academy, the Governor and NGA representatives heard from a student and teacher panel about their experiences in developing STEM career pathway programs in information technology, engineering, automotive technology and digital media. “The event highlighted a truly unique partnership in Virginia that is adding value to secondary education”, said Milan Hayward, NOVA’s Co-Director for the initiative.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.